Bitten by a snake on the farm?

Australia is home to about 140 species of land snakes, many of whom live in rural settings.

In NSW, brown snakes and tiger snakes are the most dangerous venomous snakes, with brown snake bites most common across Australia.

Chances are you have come across a snake on your farm before. Most often, snakes just want to be left alone. If you come across a snake, don’t make any sudden movements or noises and slowly move away.

Knowing what to do if a snake bites you or someone you’re with could mean the difference between life and death.

If you or someone you are with is bitten by a snake:

  • CALL 000.
  • Stay calm, moving will allow the venom to travel faster through your bloodstream.
  • If the snake bite is on a limb, apply a pressure bandage around the area of the snake bite as firmly as possible, if you have no bandages, use clothing.
  • Do not wash the bite or attempt to catch the snake.
  • Do not try to suck the venom from the wound.
  • Do not use a tourniquet.

Have you had an experience with snake bite on your farm? Share your story with us today and your advice could help another farmer to keep alive and well.